New White Marlin on the Board for the White Marlin Open

New White Marlin on the Board for the White Marlin Open

By Scott Lenox

Scott Lenox
Scott is the owner of Fish in OC and host of Ocean City's fishing television show Hooked on OC. He has worked in the fishing industry and fished the waters in and around Ocean City for over 25 years.

When you have 287 boats out fishing the canyons you can bet there are going to be some fish caught.  There were some pretty decent fish on the board at the start of today’s scales for the 44th Annual White Marlin Open at Harbour Island, but none of them was unbeatable.  The 86 pound white marlin currently in first place is going to be tough to beat, but not impossible and the largest tuna is 68 pounds so one bigeye could blast that out of the water.  The shark, dolphin and blue marlin categories are all wide open also so with over 300 boats scheduled to fish tomorrow for the final day….anything can happen.  Here’s what the leaderboard looks like after three days of fishing for the White Marlin Open.


2nd Place     G Force     Seth Obetz     53.5 Pounds     $26,000

1st Place     Hog Wild     Gary Capuano     55 Pounds     $27,000


3rd Place     Caitlin     Jim Murray     64 Pounds     $36,000

2nd Place Tie     Warden Pass     Chris Rainear     67 Pounds     $50,000

2nd Place Tie     Blue Runner     James Boynton    67 Pounds     $80,000

White Marlin

3rd Place     Berzerker     Chris Cusick     72.5 Pounds     $40,000

2nd Place     Business     Michael Logan     76 Pounds     $120,000

1st Place     Griffin     Mike Donahue     86 Pounds      $2,600,000

Although they did not weigh anyting the crew of Pumpin’ Hard had a good day fishing the White Marlin Open today when they caught and released a white marlin and a sailfish.

Away from the tournament action, inshore bottom fishing on ocean structure was good for the party boat fleet today.  Captain Chris Mizurak of the Angler put his clients on some good fishing for flounder, sea bass and triggerfish.

Captain Monty Hawkins of the Morning Star submitted this photo of Bill Northsea of Gainesville, FL with his son Mason Woodward of Towson, MD showing off a couple of their keeper sea bass from today.

There were some keeper flounder to be had in the bay today if you caught the right drift.  Captain John Prather of Ocean City Guide Service had two different trips today where he produced nice keeper flounder for his anglers.

Shana Sborz from Minersville, PA took the morning pool on the Tortuga with Captain Drew Zerbe with an 18 1/2″, 2lb. 6 oz. flounder caught in front of the docks downtown.  John Barrick from Harrisburg, PA also caught an 18″, 2 lb. fish in Sinepuxent Bay.   Both fish were caught on shiner and squid combos and were netted by mates Serge Garder and Matt Harris.

My buddy Randy Swain had his crew out again today doing some jigging on ocean structure and had a great day catching a couple of sea bass and 16 keeper flounder up to 25″.

Captain Marc Spagnola of Dusk to Dawn Bowfishing reported beautiful weather today and some good bowfishing.  Captain Marc put his shooters on some good action for cow nosed and southern rays in the south bay.

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